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USB Flash Drive coated in Japanese Lacquer

By Hacoa 

No, that isn’t plastic, it is dried sap from a Japanese Urushi tree. These 8GB USB Flash Drives (¥9,900-10,000Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) are coated in layers of urushi sap gathered by craftsmen from trees growing wild in the mountains and farms of rural Japan. They are produced with the same techniques Japan has been using to protect and strengthen wooden objects for 9000 years.

Six types of these urushi USB flash drives are offered here: two types of solid-colored Iro-urushi (in glossy red or black) and four types of Iro-urushi in the Aizu style, inlaid and painted with decorative patterns, a style developed in the 16th Century.

To produce the thick coating of these USB Flash Drives, first a craftsman carefully slices the trunk of the urushi tree (in its liquid form urushi is highly poisonous) and collects the sap, which he sells to an urushi painter. The sap will be painstakingly painted in multiple layers onto wooden cups, rice bowls, pens, boxes or other objects. The result is a durable, radiant, silky feeling surface.

Urushi is a powerful and precious material. It is not only used to coat and strengthen objects but has also been used in Sumo wrestlers’ hair (to give it its sheen) and ingested by Buddhist priests (to allow their bodies to be preserved after they die). It is Japan’s ancient way of making things more durable, water resistant and beautiful. Urushi might have been an everyday item in the past, but now, with urushi trees dwindling, it is becoming a luxury.

Hacoa also offers gift wrapping for an additional fee of (¥100Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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)–(¥300Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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): Pick between three different types of washi paper from the famous Echizen region and different styles of cords. Makes for a very professional and unique gift.

Specifications:
Capacity: 8 GB
Dimensions: W.22×D.71×H.95(mm)
Weight: 14(g)
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP/Me/2000 after MacOS9.1/MacOSX10.1
Interface: USBVer.2.0Hi-Speed/USBVer.1.1

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Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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